William Ford Gibson, born March 17, 1948 (1948-03-17) (age 59), in Conway, South Carolina is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. Gibson coined the term cyberspace in 1982, and popularized the concept in his debut novel, Neuromancer (1984).
Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known primarily for his science fiction works in the postcyberpunk genre with a penchant for explorations of society, mathematics, currency, and the history of science.
Israel Regardie (Francis Israel Regudy) (born on November 17, 1907 in London, England, died March 10, 1985 in Sedona, Arizona) was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn's offshoot the Stella Matutina, one of the 20th century's most significant occultists and a renewer of occult literature.
Eric Gorden Corley is a member of the computer hacker community and goes by the name "Emmanuel Goldstein", after the leader of the underground in George Orwell's classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four. He and his company, 2600 Enterprises, Inc., together publish a magazine called 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, which Corley founded in 1984.
Born one day before the Dionne quintuplets and only a few months after the Apollo Theater was opened to coloured patrons, Harlan Ellison is a writer who is perhaps equally known for his fiercely imaginative fiction, cultural criticism that is by turns withering and sentimental, and a colourful history of litigation.